Things cooled off a smidge in the second frame, but Mineral Wells exploded once more with a four-run bottom of the third to put the game away for good.
By the final gun, eight Lady Rams had registered at least one hit and scored at least once and every player in the lineup had reached first base. It was the kind of dominant team effort Tarver was looking for heading into a potentially challenging next week of district play against Springtown and Kennedale.
Although the Lady Rams have already bested the rival Porcupines in two tournament games this year by a combined score of 19-6, Tarver said it is imperative that they not become complacent now that the game really counts.
"Springtown's a trap game," he said. "We've already played them twice this year in tournaments and beat them soundly both times. We can't let that be a distraction.
"Beating a team consistently, over and over, throughout a season is difficult. As long as we come in mentally sharp and focused and play like we're the better team, then I'm excited about Tuesday night and going and playing a great game against Springtown."
So long as the Lady Rams are on top of their game, they can handle Springtown to set up a heavyweight bout with Kennedale for first place in District 6-3A.
But first thing's first: improving that Springtown rivalry record to a perfect 3-0 in 2014.
First pitch of the Springtown game is set for 7:30 p.m, Tuesday, at Kessler Field.